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It's A Small, Small World In Dollhouse Miniatures

Updated on September 2, 2011

I have a passion for dollhouse miniatures that I didn't discover until about two years ago, by accident really. Bored with my usual hobbies, I went to my local craft shop looking for a new idea or project. What I found was a wooden puzzle kit that had punch out pieces that, when fitted together, created dollhouse furniture pieces. I bought and brought it home. I enjoy woodworking as well as painting, so I thought it could be interesting.

As I sit punching all my pieces out and began putting my furniture together, I couldn't help but keep thinking to myself that although a neat little project, this furniture had all these little tabs sticking out all over that made it look so unrealistic. I started back with my beginning piece and started modifying each one to look more realistic by cutting off tabs and gluing pieces together.

Cabinet made with puzzle furniture kit
Cabinet made with puzzle furniture kit | Source
table and chairs from kit
table and chairs from kit | Source

In less than two days, I had all the pieces finished. Proud of my modified furniture, I showed them to my husband. His first words were, "I bet you could build your own and it look even better." I had been thinking the same thing. His comment was enough for me to set out on doing just that. I went to my computer and went to researching the subject and to find some sort of template or tutorial. And what I discovered was a whole world of dollhouse miniature collectors, makers, and information galore. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. I was amazed the most at the many things I discovered that were made from simple things, such as popsicle sticks and things we would normally throw out. This last group of items even had their own name - trash to treasure.

my first creation
my first creation | Source

I have created many, many pieces since then. Most I have sold, few have I kept. I have found the part of dollhouse miniatures I love the most is creating them, not collecting. I have some select pieces that I have for collection. Otherwise, I sell them or make a special setting and gift it.

I have discovered that there is a lot of missing information for the person who has no knowledge about the craft. At first, I had no idea what the pages I was reading meant when they talked about scale, turnings, tools they used, all types of glues, roomboxes, and so much more of  the terminology.  These things I learned myself along the way.

I want to try to change that for newcomers to this wonderful world of mini's.  I will be doing that here. I will be publishing a glossary with detailed definitions and explanations of words in the mini language. I will also publish projects, tutorials, tips, and challenges ranging from easy to difficult levels.

Hopefully, many will come learn about my passion and find they have a passion for it as well.

Come back for more soon and 'mini' thanks to you.

Well soon enough, I found my template along with step-by-step pictures. And with popsicle sticks, a craft knife, sandpaper and craft glue, I went to work.

Over the next two hours, closed up in my shop, I carefully followed each step of my plans until I had reached the finish. I was so proud. My first piece and even I have to say it was awesome. I was so proud and excited, I burst from my room with such joy, I scared my husband. He just knew I'd seen a mouse or something.

I was screaming, "Look! Look!"

He's frantically asking, "What's wrong? Are you okay?"

I calmed enough to hold out my hand and show him, "Look at what I made."

He too was impressed; and he's a carpenter. He only said one thing but that one thing said it all.

"This piece is mine. I want it."

That was two years ago, and it still sits on a shelf at his desk. My first creation, an Adirondack chair. The beginning of my passion.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      I never had a doll house as a child but I had a friend who had one and was always thought it was the neatest thing. It was one of those "look but don't touch" - very elaborate!

      I'm very impressed by the fact that you hand make pieces - that's a great skill!

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